Frequently Asked Questions

  • When and where are your meetings held?
    The first Tuesday of each month unless the Board of Directors changes the day and at a location decided by the Board of Directors. The location and date will be on the agenda.

  • Why do I pay taxes to the Upper Black Squirrel?
    Please refer to the District Fact Sheet (About The District) but the board of directors may levy and collect annually taxes necessary to finance the activities of such district to the amount of not more than two mills on the dollar of the valuation for assessment of all taxable property within the district. It shall, in accordance with the schedule prescribed by section 39-5-128, C.R.S., certify its mill levy to the board of county commissioners of the counties wholly or partially within the district, who shall extend the same on the county tax list, and the same shall be collected by the county treasurer in the same manner as state and county taxes are collected. In addition, annually the board of directors of the district may assess and certify a special assessment on all water wells, except those wells described in section 37-90-105, in the district not to exceed fifteen cents per acre-foot of the maximum annual volume of the appropriation of each such well. Said assessment shall be collected by the county treasurer in the same manner as other special assessments. It is the duty of the board to apply for and to receive from the county treasurers all money to the credit of the district.

  • How is the mill levy assessed?
    It is based on your homes assessed value. A mill levy is a tax rate expressed in tenths of a cent; for example, a tax rate of one mill per thousand means $1.00 of taxes per $1,000.00 of assessed value. Your mill levy is determined by the assessed value of your home not the market value of your home.

  • Can you turn on my tap?
    The District does not turn on taps, you will need to contact the Metropolitan District where the house is located. If it is not in a Metropolitan District you probably have a well and if there is no water running from your tap you need to check to see if you have electricity. Your well pump will not work if there is no electricity. We have a list of links to help you find the proper Metropolitan District for your home.

  • Are you a special district or a metropolitan district?
    No, we are a Ground Water Management District and follow our own Statutes.

  • What type of well permit can I get?
    Please refer to pages 2-5 in the Guide to Colorado Well Permits, Water Rights, and Water Administration from the Division of Water Resources.

  • How Do I obtain a water well permit within a designated basin?
    Please refer to pages 5-7 in the Guide to Colorado Well Permits, Water Rights, and Water Administration from the Division of Water Resources.

  • Can I build a pond?
    Please refer to page 14 in the Guide to Colorado Well Permits, Water Rights, and Water Administration from the Division of Water Resources.

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